2021 Vanguard: Cindy Buhr


Cindy Buhr leads PrimeLending’s legal and compliance departments in addition to passionately championing an inclusive, empowering work environment for all. With more than 30 years of experience as both in-house counsel and a litigator, Buhr brings a unique perspective to her leadership roles, including general counsel, corporate secretary, board director, strategic executive team member, risk committee member and other interdisciplinary workgroups and projects.

Buhr’s direction and team-centric philosophy has propelled PrimeLending’s growth forward for more than a decade. The consummate problem-solver, Buhr ensures her teams stay in front of the ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape so they can educate and guide production and operations.

During her tenure, Buhr has built the legal department from the ground up with a belief that meeting regulatory and compliance standards is a team effort and that leadership plays a fundamental role in establishing a people-centric culture. 

As a leader, Buhr has fostered a work culture that encourages open lines of communication and finds solutions that fundamentally do the right thing for the customer while staying within the bounds of regulatory guidance. Under her leadership, the legal and compliance departments are known as trusted advisors who will walk side-by-side with stakeholders, provide the necessary information and guardian the best interests of all involved. This mentality cultivates an environment where there is a personal commitment to adhere to legal and regulatory compliance requirements at every level of the organization. 

What has been the secret to your success?

“Building a strong team begins with hiring the right people. Skills are part of the equation, but, more than that, you want a team player that can work in a collaborative environment and is passionate about serving others.  I strive to create a team environment where people feel valued in their contributions.”


Cindy Buhr


EVP, Compliance and Legal

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